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  • Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Life as a Human Hedge
    Imagine a world in which your exposure to nature was not relegated to an occasional hike in your off-hours, but rather designated as the source of your bread and butter. Enter a career in roving shrubbery, an unbelievable but actual career for a number of (presumably fascinating) people around the world. Check out the latest installment in PayScale's multi-job miniseries, Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child, and learn about the people who pay their rent by pretending to be trees.
  • Liberal Arts Proponents Fight Back Against the Haters
    The number of graduates majoring in the humanities and social sciences in the U.S. has declined in recent years, and liberal arts institutions are making a concerted effort to change the perception that humanities and social science degrees cannot lead to profitable careers.
  • The 5 Best Jobs for Introverts
    The modern workplace can be a nightmare for introverts, with its focus on collaboration and open-plan offices. If you're a person who dreads team projects and public speaking and gets more of a thrill out of canceling plans to attend a networking function than penciling it into the calendar, one of these jobs from PayScale's Best Jobs for You data package might be perfect for you.
  • Interactive Map: What's the Most Common Uncommon Job in Your State?
    The most popular jobs in a given geographic area are usually pretty unsurprising, including titles like cashier, waitstaff, and customer service representative. It's not that there's anything wrong with these jobs; it's just that their very commonness means that you're used to hearing about them. But, what about the unusual jobs that are more common in one place than another – the helicopter pilots and professional gardeners and amusement park attendants? Those are the gigs PayScale looked at in a section of its latest data package on the best jobs for you. If you want a job that's common where you live, but uncommon anywhere else, start with this map.
  • Revolva vs. Oprah: Should You Ever Work for Free?
    In a perfect world, everyone with the passion, skill, and willingness to work hard would have his or her dream job -- and a dream salary to match. Reality, of course, is often quite different. But there's a world of difference between making less than you want (or even less than you're worth) and making nothing at all. And yet, for people in the arts, this is often the pitch: work for nothing, hoping that exposure or another project for your portfolio will lead you to real, paying work down the road. The question, of course, is whether or not it's ever worth it to do so. After all, you can't pay the rent with exposure.
  • 5 Jobs for People Who Love Travel

    Most workers who travel as part of their jobs get to see the insides of identical conference centers from sea to shining sea. It's exciting if you like single-serving coffee or collect hotel soaps, and less exciting if your true love is travel -- the real kind, where you get to immerse yourself in a culture, however briefly, and see the world from a whole new perspective. If that's your idea of the perfect gig, these jobs might be a good fit for you.

  • 5 Jobs That Pay Well, But May Not Be Fulfilling

    Some jobs don’t offer warm fuzzies, but they do give you a fat paycheck. If having that comfortable income is a priority for you, and you can find meaning in other aspects of your life, then here are some careers you might want to consider.

  • U.S. Threatened by Nationwide Clown Shortage

    When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? If it was a clown, the World Clown Association would like you to know that it's not too late. The organization's membership numbers have dwindled from 3,500 in 2004 to 2,500, ten years later.

  • A Fine-Arts Degree May Be a Better Choice Than You Think

    For every fine arts major who goes into his chosen field of study with his head held high, there's another who cringes as he registers for classes, following his heart but fearing a future of unemployment. Well, fear not, our artistic friends: your employment opportunities might be better than you'd expect.

  • Saving the World, One Ventriloquist Act at a Time
    Meet Nancy Burks Worcester, a professional ventriloquist. People often tell her, "You have the best job in the world!" and she thinks they are right.
  • Creative Careers: Interview With Film and TV Composer Nathan Fleet
    Nathan Fleet loves movies and music, and he can play the Star Wars Cantina Band song on the guitar. So it's not surprising that he makes his living as a film and television composer. When he's not scoring movies, he's making them.
  • Creative Careers: Interview with Reality Show Producer Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo
    Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo is a reality show producer whose credits include "Ready For Love," "Cheerleader Nation" and one of the most popular reality franchises "The Bachelor."
  • AOL Anchor Auditions: Live Job Interview In Front of 1 Million People
    TV personalities always have to audition for a job but they don't usually have to do it live, in front of an audience of one million. But that's what hopefuls had to do last week if they wanted a chance at becoming the next AOL Live news anchor.
  • Does Someone Have to Go: DFX Decides
    Last week on Does Someone Have to Go, we met the employees of DFX. The 30-year-old fitness equipment company has been having a hard time since founder Tom sold the company to his daughter Farren. Why? Mostly because Tom stayed on, micromanaging every employee with the help of surveillance cameras.
  • The Big Brain Theory: Leadership Lessons and a Real World Test
    On Discovery Channel's The Big Brain Theory, two groups of the brightest engineers in the world put their skills to the test solving wild mechanical problems. This week, they were asked to take on a job a little more serious - create a mechanism to safely stop a car that doesn't yield at a military checkpoint. To win the round, the car has to remain drive-able and the passengers unscathed.
  • Does Someone Have to Go: Big Brother is Watching at DFX
    DFX of Anaheim, California made its money with the patented Dynaflex Gyro fitness system. Tom started the company out of his garage back in the seventies, built it up to a successful business, and then sold the business to his daughter Farren so he could retire.
  • Cool Jobs on TV: Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters
    There's something magical about a treehouse. Tucked inside the protective arms of Mother Nature, high above the Earth's floor, they provide sanctuary from parental interference and fodder for the imagination. It may look like a wooden box on stilts from the outside, but from the inside it's a pirate ship, a rocket or a medieval castle.
  • Job Interview Tips from 'So You Think You Can Dance'
    Every year, thousands of dancers from all around the nation line up to audition for the Fox series, So You Think You Can Dance. Their ultimate goal? To get "hired" as one of the season's top 20 dancers. Each performer only has a few minutes to impress the judges not only with their talent but with their personality. If they succeed, they move on to the second round (Vegas). From there, it's like a probationary period where everything they do is under scrutiny and in the end, only the very best get the job.
  • Cool Jobs on TV: Mountain Movers
    At the Winter X Games, snowboarders and snowmobilers perform gravity defying stunts on steep slopes of ice and snow. The only thing more amazing than pulling off a cab cork 1080 indy to a frontside 900 is turning a mountain full of snow into an awesome competition course in just a few days.
  • Does Someone Have to Go: Employees Vote with Their Hearts Not Their Heads
    Last week on Does Someone Have to Go, we watched as the employees of Velocity Merchant Services roasted their co-workers in candid videos. That was followed by a mortifying round where salaries were revealed and from there, the group chose the three employees they thought deserved to be fired. Can the bottom three redeem themselves?